Subject:  Flying Insect Identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Mercer Island, WA
Date: 09/25/2021
Time: 04:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi
I don’t know if the pictured bug from my patio is a flying termite or flying ant.  Please help with id.  Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Victor

Termite Alate

Dear Victor,
With both Ants and Termites, only the reproductive kings and queens have wings which they lose shortly after mating during a nuptial flight.  Workers are wingless.  This is a Termite alate, the term used for winged reproductive ants and termites both.  We believe it is a Pacific Dampwood Termite which is pictured on BugGuide.  This is not a species that is considered to be destructive when it comes to homes.

Location: Mercer Island, Washington

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